Home
Loading
  Contact Us    
Volunteering in School

Two states take two different approaches.

by Richard Mr. Moo Moore
May 3, 2008

Bookmark and Share
Volunteering in School
If there is one thing that is well known in the pasture, I am a big fan of volunteering time at our area school. The school is small but the need for volunteers is still quite big. That is true in any school. After conversations with staff and administrators in districts with 500 students to high schools of 1,500, one common theme runs true, volunteers are needed and appreciated.
 
So when I noticed that the NEA (National Education Association) daily bulletin addressed volunteerism in two consecutive issues, it caught my eye. What also caught my eye was the way that the word volunteer was defined.
 
In reporting a story from the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, it was told of a program to team students with senior adults. One aspect is to have fourth graders and these senior volunteers to be involved with each other in a "lunch buddy" program. Sandie Sullivan, a planner with the Tulsa Area Agency on Aging, explained the program by saying "so many of these kids don't have seniors in their own families nearby and the kids just soak up the one-on-one attention." In addition to the time together bridging a generation gap, one coordinator stated an additional benefit: both students and seniors get a well-balanced meal.
 
That's a great program!
 
But then there is another volunteer program that I have some concerns about. It's not the program itself but maybe the way they define "volunteer".
 
This program is straight from the Ohio state legislature. A bill was introduced this session that "would require parents to donate at least 13 hours to their school district each year or pay" a fine of $100.
 
Wait a minute. In my understanding of the human language, words such as volunteer and donate are used to represent a gift. It is not mandatory. But in Ohio, if the legislation passes, a donation becomes mandatory and refusal to comply is punishable by law and a fine?
 
The bill also requires school districts to report non-participating parents to the Ohio Department of Education. And of course, these volunteer mentors would have to pass background checks and complete annual training courses that the district would have to develop.
 
Now, did any of the legislators that signed on ever think that maybe there were a few parents out there that might not be able to take time and volunteer? Maybe a time requirement would be impossible because their jobs don't allow that flexibility or maybe a single parent is working two jobs just to keep clothes on their kids' back.
 
This program has some major flaws.
 
I think if I am looking for a new pasture, I'm headed towards a state that defines volunteerism like Oklahoma. Ohio won't come on my radar screen.

(0 Comments)
Post a Comment

Send Us Your Opinion
(Comments are moderated.)
Your Name:*


Your E-Mail Address:*
(Confidential. Will not be published.)


Location:


Comments:*
Note: In order to control automated spam submissions, URLs are no longer permitted in this form.



Verification:
Please type the letters you see above.

  Printer-Friendly

Bookmark and Share


RSS FEED
RSS Feed for Richard Mr. Moo Moore: RSS Feed for Richard Mr. Moo Moore
EMAIL ALERTS
Sign up to receive an e-mail notice when new articles by this author are published. Your address remains confidential, and you may cancel at any time. A confirmation email will be sent.

Your e-mail address:
po Books
Now Available!

Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.

A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.

More Information.

More by Richard Mr. Moo Moore
BACK IN THE SADDLE
Random Thoughts after time away
by Richard Mr. Moo Moore, 5/16/10
Burglar: Dumb and Dumber
Robbing the house of your kids' babysitter, while they are there.
by Richard Mr. Moo Moore, 1/10/10
It's Not Your Father's Church Anymore
Churches try many gimmicks to get you to come inside.
by Richard Mr. Moo Moore, 12/13/09
Calories Down - Bonuses Up
Prisoners get smaller meals in order to line the sheriff's pockets with cash.
by Richard Mr. Moo Moore, 10/4/09
Do you remember where you were...?
The better question is: 'how has your life changed because of these events?'
by Richard Mr. Moo Moore, 9/13/09
Location, Location, Location
Mausoleum Crypt Above Marilyn Monroe for Sale
by Richard Mr. Moo Moore, 8/30/09
"I Did It for Love"
Ex-tax worker steals $11 million to keep her boyfriend.
by Richard Mr. Moo Moore, 7/26/09
» Complete List (73)


RSS FEED
RSS Feed for Richard Mr. Moo Moore: RSS Feed for Richard Mr. Moo Moore

Recently Published
View Article May I Be Frank, Mr. President?
Challenging a double standard in the Oval Office
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 12/15/17
Salvator Mundi
Not the painting but the Person
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 12/7/17
When the Newsman Becomes News
Lamenting yet another fallen hero
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 12/1/17
Let's Hear It for Moms and Pops
Celebrating Small Business Saturday in a very personal way
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/22/17
An Earthquake in La La Land
Examining what's been exposed in the rubble
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/17/17
Where is God?
Reflecting on the tragedy in a little Texas town
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/10/17
An All Saints Day Tribute
Remembering those who left us
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/3/17

Get the Partial Observer's
'recently published' headlines via RSS.


RSS Feed for Recently Published PO Articles    What is RSS?
Reproduction of original material from The Partial Observer without written permission is strictly prohibited.
The opinions expressed by site contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the editors.
Copyright ©2000-2017 partialobserver.com. All rights reserved.
Home · Site Map · Top